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FaithAdvent Reflections
Rachel Lu
A Reflection for the Thursday of the Fourth Week of Advent
FaithThe Good Word
Terrance Klein
“It’s a Wonderful Life” is the Gospel transposed onto celluloid. The message is the same in both.
FaithShort Take
Gregory Hillis
Do the new restrictions on the celebration of the pre-Vatican II Latin Mass increase our unity? Or do they sacrifice unity for uniformity?
Politics & SocietyNews
Carol Glatz - Catholic News Service
The Vatican has reaffirmed its support of Covid-19 vaccines with both the head of the Pontifical Academy for Life and a Holy See communique reiterating Pope Francis’ insistence that getting inoculated is “an act of love.”
Pope Francis greets people during his general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican Dec. 22, 2021.
FaithSpeeches
Pope Francis
“Humility is the only way that leads us to God.”
Arts & CultureBooks
Aidan Johnson
Anne Rice's lush fantasy fiction reflected the lifelong influences of religion and spirituality in her life.
FaithFaith in Focus
John T. Knowles
I was one of thousands of disconnected people working in the background, in order to deliver packages that are supposed to make us feel somehow more connected.
FaithDispatches
Judith Sudilovsky
Since chef Fadi Kattan was a child getting underfoot in his grandmother’s kitchen, the preparation and communal eating of the burbara pudding has been a pre-Christmas symbol of the coming of the holiday on the Palestinian West Bank.
FaithFaith in Focus
John Dougherty
This Christmas season brought a new trend: arresting the Grinch.
Pope Francis films the TV show “Stories of a Generation With Pope Francis,” streaming Dec. 25, 2021, on Netflix.
Arts & CultureTelevision
Hosea Rupprecht - Catholic News Service
“Stories of a Generation With Pope Francis” showcases stories from people over 70 from all quarters of the globe, including the pontiff himself, as they impart their life experiences to youthful filmmakers.
FaithAdvent Reflections
Kaya Oakes
A Reflection for the Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Advent
Arts & CultureCatholic Book Club
James T. Keane
John Updike, long one of the nation's finest novelists and short story writers, also wrote extensively about the Christian imagination (and once on his misgivings about Santa Claus).
Carmelite Father Casimir Borcz celebrates a Tridentine Mass at the Carmelite Monastery in Munster, Ind., in this March 31, 2007 file photo. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway)
FaithShort Take
Kevin Clarke
Recent edicts and explanations of edicts out of Rome have ignited a familiarly unpleasant conflict in the U.S. church. And yet, though this will infuriate a vocal minority of my fellow Catholics, I just don’t get the brouhaha over the traditional Latin Mass.
“Mama,” a painting by iconographer Kelly Latimore, was stolen from the Catholic University of America.
FaithPodcasts
Gloria Purvis
Some derided the art as contemptuous of God and sacrilegious. What did artist Kelly Latimore intend to convey with the image? Is the picture meant to be a deification of George Floyd?
Arts & CultureMusic
Jim McDermott
“Silent Night” is a song that seems to inspire the imagination in so many ways.
FaithFaith in Focus
Jim McDermott
Our return to an in-person celebration of the birth of Jesus is also an opportunity to think about how we have done Christmas in the past—and perhaps even make some adjustments.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
In his message for the 2022 World Day of Peace, Pope Francis proposed three paths to peace: dialogue between the generations, greater investment in education and job creation.
FaithAdvent Reflections
Kevin Clarke
A Reflection for the Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Paul D. McNelis, S.J.
President Biden is playing the long game in trying to revitalize the economy after Covid. It may take a long time to figure out how to measure the results.
Politics & SocietyNews
Associated Press
Pope Francis spoke with an abused woman who recently fled her home with her four children.